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Nikki Belmonte
Environmental Education Coordinator
Executive Director of Keep Roswell Beautiful
Phone: 770-641-3742
Email Nikki Belmonte
Hours & Location
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

11570 Maxwell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Overview

Water is a precious resource necessary for ensuring a growing, prosperous city. The City of Roswell prides itself on being a leader in local conservation initiates and as such, was recently named a WaterFirst Community by the Department of Community Affairs. The City is also an EPA WaterSense partner. These designations are commitments by the City to protect our valuable water resources. Our multi-faceted, ongoing water conservation plan is aimed at both educating the citizens of Roswell about the need for water efficiency now and in the future as well as reducing the City's overall water consumption through conservation programs and initiatives aimed at residential and business customers. For information on water conservation, contact Nikki Belmonte.

Water First and Water Sense Logos


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Year-Round Water Conservation with WaterSense

February: Savings Are Clear in 2020 – Understanding Your Water Bill

The first step in changing the way you use water in the future is by understanding how much water you use today. The best place to find this information is on your monthly water bill. The average American uses around 88 gallons per day per person in the household. That means a family of four would use approximately 10,500 gallons in a 30-day period. The Roswell water utility bill provides a usage trend/consumption history to show how your water use has varied over the course of the year. This is a helpful tool to see when your water use reaches its highest levels.

The Roswell water utility rate includes a monthly fixed base rate, based on the meter size that is charged to all customers regardless of the amount of water used. An additional, variable fee is then added to the base rate dependent upon the amount of gallons used per month. The base rate covers costs for maintaining existing infrastructure and constructing new infrastructure. The variable fee is the price the resident pays per gallon of water used, which reflects the costs of providing water, such as costs for chemical treatment to provide safe water and energy to deliver water.

The bill also includes a space for special messages, contact information, payment options, and payment requirements (due date, late fees, penalties, and disconnect/reconnect fees).




March: Learn How to Check for Leaks in Your Home!

Fix a Leak Week is March 16-22, 2020. An average household with a water leak can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. Common leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. Fixing water leaks can save homeowners about 10% on their water bills. Here are some tips for finding leaks:
  1. Take a look at your water usage during a colder month. If a family of 4 exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  2. Check your water meter before and after a 2-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you have a leak.
  3. Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak.
  4. Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.
EPA Leak Facts




April: Plant Your Way to Savings This Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, 2020. Make your green thumb even greener with a water-smart landscape. Choosing the right plants, supporting soil health, and proper maintenance are all keys to water-smart landscapes.
  • Use regionally appropriate, low-water using and native plants.
    These plants require little water beyond normal rainfall and rarely require the addition of fertilizer and are more resistant to pests and diseases.
  • Recognize site conditions and plant appropriately.
    Choose plants that will thrive in site conditions such as exposure to sun and wind or shade.
  • Group plants according to their water needs.
    This will reduce water use and protects the plants from underwatering or overwatering.
  • Place turfgrass strategically.
    Turfgrass requires more water than many plants in the landscape. To reduce outdoor water use, consider planting turfgrass only where it has a practical function. Use native grasses that withstand drought conditions.
  • Minimize steep slopes to reduce the potential for erosion and runoff.
    Plant shrubs or native ground covers on slopes.



June: WaterSense Savings

It's time to spruce up your irrigation system. Residential water outdoor use in the United States accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. As much as 50% of this water is wasted due to overwatering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. Irrigation control technologies can significantly reduce overwatering by applying water only when plants need it. WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers, use local weather and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions on the site instead of using a controller with a clock and preset schedule. You can find WaterSense products at Lowe's, Home Depot, Amazon and other retailers that sell irrigation equipment.




July: Smart Irrigation for Summer Savings

Inspect, connect, direct, and select your way to outdoor savings.
  • Inspect - Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads.
  • Connect – Examine points where sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. A leak can waste about 6,300 gallons per month!
  • Direct – Make sure sprinklers are directed so they only apply water to the landscape, not the house, driveway, or sidewalk.
  • Select – An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste water and money. Update your system's watering schedule to align with the seasons or select a WaterSense labeled weather based irrigation controller.



August: World Water Week

August 23-28, 2020 is #World Water Week! Home is Where the Water Savings Are
WaterSense labeled homes provide water efficiency and promote homeowner satisfaction by saving water, energy, and money. Some of the benefits of WaterSense labeled homes include:
  • Faster Hot Water – More efficient plumbing systems
  • Performance Savings – WaterSense labeled fixtures use less water and perform as well or better than standard models
  • Peace of Mind – Trained professionals conduct inspections that WaterSense labeled homes meet EPA's criteria
  • Outdoor Ease – High performing landscapes are designed to be low-maintenance and water-efficient without sacrificing curb appeal. WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers help homeowners water smarter.
World Water Week




September: Saving Water Is Easy as ABC

Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps we can all take around the house. Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. Everyone can play their part in preserving our nation's water resources by purchasing WaterSense labeled products, fix leaks, turn off the tap while brushing teeth, use the shower rather than the bathtub, fully load the dishwasher, scrape dishes rather than rinsing them, wash only full loads of laundry, and use cold water rather than warm or hot.

ABC Building Blocks




October: Don't Let Your Water Usage Haunt You!

Less than 1% of all the water used on earth is used by people. The rest is salt water or frozen so it cannot be used for drinking water, washing, or to water plants. As the population grows, more and more people are using up this limited resource so it is important that we use water wisely and not waste it.

WaterSense makes it easy to find and select water-efficient products for water use and performance. These products meet EPA's specifications resulting in better performance, savings on water bills, and assurance that you are saving water for future generations.




November: Flush Away Water Waste

Replace your old toilets before Thanksgiving and save up to 13,000 gallons of water waste. Toilets are by the far the main source of water use in the home accounting for nearly 30% of an average home's indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets use as much as 6 gallons per flush which is also a major source of wasted water. A WaterSense labeled toilet is a high-performance, water efficient option worth considering and are available at a wide variety of price points, broad range of styles, and the City of Roswell offers a Toilet Rebate for replacement of old toilets (only available to Roswell residential water customers and some restrictions apply). Please contact the Water Utility Division at 770-641-3707 for more information.





December: Take the "I'm for Water" Pledge for 2021

Join your friends and neighbors in making a commitment to save water. Take the "I'm for Water" pledge and use less water year round by taking some of the following small steps:
  1. Use WaterSense labeled fixtures to save water and energy
  2. Understand the Roswell Water Utility water bill
  3. Check for and repair leaks
  4. Check for leaky showers and install pipe tape for a tight connection
  5. Mulch around plants to prevent evaporation
  6. Use low-water using plants in the yard
  7. Ensure sprinkler/irrigation system is working properly
  8. Avoid watering the yard in the middle of the day
  9. Wash only full loads of laundry or dishes